Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble —
Spanish Suite ... LP Zulu/Tizona, 1968. Near Mint- ...
Great lost work from the legendary Phil Cohran and his Artistic Heritage Ensemble – a composition that was recorded during the group's late 60s years on the Chicago scene – but which has never been released until now! The album stands beautifully alongside the group's self-titled ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure 80s date from Bud Shank – one that features a great quartet with Kenny Barron on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – all of whom give the set a very different groove than usual for Bud! Titles include "Visa", "Space Maker", "Never ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clifford Brown in Paris – working here with some great help from Gigi Gryce! The first half of the album features material recorded with a largeish group led by Gryce – a really strong modernist ensemble that's a perfect showcase for the sparkling sort of arrangements that Gigi was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real surprise – and a record we come back to again and again! Sickler's trumpet has a nicely different feel than Kenny Dorham's – and the group's got some especially nice tenor from Jimmy Heath – supported by rhythm from Cedar Walton on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Billy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet and Stan Hope on piano – on titles that include "Only Trust Your Heart", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Everything Happens To Me", and "Just For You". LP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking sounds from the Norwegian scene of the late 60s – an album that's got George Russell's name on the cover, but which actually features brilliant performances from a quartet who'd go onto become huge names in the ECM scene of the 70s! Yet the sound here is quite different than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most starkly beautiful recordings in Paul Horn's career – with spiritually resonant, almost spine tingling solo flute and some chants, all recorded in the Taj Majal one day in April of 1968! It's really all about the atmosphere, as it would have to be given the location – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album of material by Tadd Dameron – and one that still stands as one of his greatest moments! The record features 5 long readings of classic Dameron compositions – like "The Scene Is Clean", "Fontainebleau", and "Delerium" – all played by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jimmy's last albums for a major label in the 70s – a real back-to-basics set that was recorded live at the Jimmy Smith Supper Club in LA – the "home of fried cornbread and live jazz", and a venue that we certainly wish we could have visited! Jimmy's working here with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lester Bowie/Phillip Wilson —
Duet ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1978. Near Mint- ...
Improvised duets between Bowie and percussionist Phillip Wilson – recorded by Paul Bley in the loose, free style of the Improvising Artists label. The tracks are all quite long, but also very tight – much more rhythmic and swinging than you'd expect, in a manner that actually makes the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful album by Sonny Fortune – recorded for a major label, sure, but with the soulful depth of some of his earlier work for the indies! Sonny's on alto, flute, and soprano sax – and also plays a bit of percussion and some slight mini moog – not too much, as the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Horn follows up his Inside The Taj Majal set – in someways leaving behind the stark, spare initimacy of that set for a more layered and tailored approach – and also leaving behind his more pronounced jazz roots for a more earthy and nature themed mode! Like Inside, it's a solo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late 70s issue of material that was originally recorded by Shaw and the group in their hometown of St Louis – where they held center stage in the city's small but committed avant garde scene, working as St Louis' answer to Chicago's AACM. Players include JD Paran on reeds, Joseph Bowie on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Oliver Nelson with Eric Dolphy —
Straight Ahead ... LP New Jazz/Prestige, Early 60s. Near Mint- ...
A great little small group session by Nelson – one that has him working in a quintet with Eric Dolphy, one that shows that Nelson could be a strongly modernist player when he wanted to be! Dolphy plays alto, bass clarinet, and flute – and Nelson's tone is appropriately biting to match ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great early album by this oft-overlooked spiritual avant group that included Lester Bowie, Oliver Lake, JD Parran, and Charles Bobo Shaw. Side one features the extended "Lover's Desire", a nice slightly-funky number that has a groove that's sort of modal. Side two of the album ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear.)
Anthony Braxton —
For Trio ... LP Arista Freedom, 1978. Near Mint- ...
This beautiful record features 2 different recordings of an extended piece that Braxton wrote especially for a trio ensemble – and one recording features Braxton with Henry Threadgill and Douglas Ewart, the other features him with Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman. Both recordings feature ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has small tears on the back panel at the opening, held with clear tape.)
Anthony Braxton with Muhal Richard Abrams —
Duets 1976 ... LP Arista, 1976. Near Mint- ...
The rich tones of Muhal's piano provide a perfect foil for Braxton, and one that gets him playing a wide range of styles on sopranino, clarinet, bass clarinet, and alto. The whole album resonates with a soulfulness that's not always apparent in Braxton's other work from the time – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set of alto improvisations that has Braxton moving through classic and original music, in a rich array of styles that clearly show his genius on the instrument. The double LP set is filled with great moments – like his readings of "Giant Steps" and "Along Came ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An expressive mid 70s effort from Art Ensemble co founder Lester Bowie, with a group that combines some folks from the St Louis scene with other AACM members Malachi Favors and Don Moye. The overall sound has more density, as there are more voices at play, with 2 drummers (Bobo Shaw joins Moye) ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown's old funky reed player hits wax in this groovy solo set of his own – playing here with a sound that's a bit more produced than usual, and with more of a 70's groove than you're used to hearing him in. His tone is perfect, as always, and the record is arranged and conducted by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the excellent avant sides for Muse from the early 70's, and a record that features Lester Bowie playing in a number of different settings – all with a sound that's different from his Art Ensemble recordings, and from his work for ECM. One track has him playing a duet with pianist John ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Braxton's first recordings of his work for larger ensembles, and a masterpiece that gives a good example of the kind of early ideas that have informed some of his recent work in the same style. The orchestras vary from track to track, but they all include excellent players like Roscoe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve and newspaper clippings.)
One of the most beautiful albums that Charlie Haden ever recorded – and if he only ever appeared on one record in his life, we'd still love him tremendously for this one! The album has a feel that's very much in keeping with both the "liberation" and "orchestra" in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label ABC/Impulse pressing. Cover has light wear.)
A late date for Woody Shaw, but a great one too – a bit more straightforward than some of his more righteous albums of the 70s, but still proof that Shaw is easily one of the greatest trumpeters of his generation! The album's got a laidback sort of feel, and features a fair bit of familiar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Terje Rypdal —
Bleak House ... LP Polydor/Round 2 (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
The first album from European guitarist Terje Rypdal – quite different than most of his other work! The set's got Terje playing that wonderful guitar of his – edgey and chromatic, but not nearly as spare and moody as on later ECM sides – and often set against larger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With a mixture of US jazz and Brazilian players – including Dave Grusin, Bob James, Joao Bosco, Carlinhos Brown, and Caetano Veloso! Titles include "Night Rhythms", "Latin Lovers", "Rio Sol", "Humana", "Linda", and "New York/Brazil". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Tom Scott & The California Dreamers —
Honeysuckle Breeze ... LP Impulse/Get On Down, 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A beautifully groovy album from the early days of one of our favorite reed players! Tom Scott's tenor, alto and soprano saxes, plus some flute, are set amidst a very groovy group that includes percussion, guitar, keyboards, sitar, and even some occasional vocalizing – for a sound that's got ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monty Alexander —
Facets ... LP Concord, 1980. Very Good+ ...
With Ray Brown on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums – on titles that include "Tune UP", "Hard Times", "I'm Walkin", and "Lost April". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and a sticker spot.)
Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitars. The title may lead you to believe the set is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way before Sinatra first grabbed the "Chairman Of The Board" title for his own musical persona, Basie laid great claim to the tag with this tight little album for Roulette! The album's got the 50s Basie band working at the height of their powers – with original compositions written ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The tenor sax here makes the album a standout – as John Coltrane still works with Miles Davis on 2 tracks for the record, but Blue Note stalwart Hank Mobley joins in on the rest! The approach is similar to that of the classic Coltrane/Davis years – and in a way, the record's kind of a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet keyboard soul from Deodato – a set that steps off nicely from the strengths of his big hits on CTI, hitting a similarly flowing groove that's really great! The instrumentation here is a bit more expanded than before, but never in a way that buries the keyboards – and Deodato's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
One ... LP CTI, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A landmark album – not only for Bob James, but for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the modern hip hop ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold starts out this album with an inspirational message from his mother taken from his voicemail – then draws from that message to create one of his most amazing albums to date! Harrold's already been part of a strong underground scene for years – but here, he's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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A classic cooker from Thelonious Monk – recorded during his legendary run at the Five Spot in the late 50s, and featuring some especially great work on tenor from a young Johnny Griffin! Griffin's filling a role here that would be cemented a bit more firmly in the 60s by Charlie Rouse – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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Wes Montgomery's first album as a leader – a relatively obscure set that has him playing in a trio with Indianapolis bandmates Mel Rhyne on organ and Paul Parker on drums – a mode that strongly recalls Montgomery's roots in the Indy scene at the time! If you only know the later, famous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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A beautiful set of electronics from this lesser-known Danish composer – music done for a slide show of photographs by American photographer Stuart Fox – but a record that works beautifully on its own! The music certainly resonates with some of the best German, British, and French ... (Out Sound, Jazz)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An indie jazz classic from the Chicago scene of the 80s – the first album from trumpeter Brad Goode, a very fresh-voiced player with a range that goes far beyond his young years! Goode's got a great group here for the album – a combo that includes tenor player Lin Halliday, who's aging ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever from bassist Santi Debriano – a player who's lent his talents to many others as a sideman, but who really brings it together here as a leader! The record's got a soaring energy that's a great late 80s extension of the spiritual sounds of the 70s American jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Jimmy Heath and Harold Vick on tenor and soprano sax, Joe Pass on guitar, and Cedar Walton on piano. Titles include "Sleeves", "Sudden Death", "Back To Bologna", and "The Weasel". LP, Vinyl record album
Darji may not be the best-known player in jazz, but we really love his music on the small handful of records he made like this! The leader plays vibes – often with this full, chromatic tone that takes us back to some of the earlier expressionists on the instrument – yet with more of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A silly title, but one of those great Uptown albums from the 80s – a real back to basics set that features strong tenor from Budd Johnson and smoking alto from Phil Woods! The group also features Richard Wyands on piano, too. LP, Vinyl record album
A great 2-fer – with 2 different classics from Dave Brubeck! First up is Gone With The Wind – a surprisingly nice little album from Brubeck – one that's mostly comprised of old-fashioned type tunes, but which all take on a hip new light in the hands of his classic quartet! As ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laidback and warmly chromatic work from Gary Burton – playing vibes in a group that also has Pat Metheny on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, Eberhard Weber on acoustic bass, and Dan Gottlieb on drums. Titles include "Sea Journey", "Nacada", "The Whopper", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great date with tenor sax from James Clay and Harold Land – plus sublime piano from Cedar Walton! Titles include "Deception", "Evidence", "Bridgework", "Old Folks", "The Theme", and "Plexus". LP, Vinyl record album
Chet Baker —
Peace ... LP Enja (Germany), 1982. Near Mint- ...
A pretty nice later Chet Baker album – thanks to vibes by David Friedman, who really seems to be the driving force of the set! The album was cut during the same time that Friedman himself was a leader on Enja – and it's got a very similar feel to much of Dave's work – with vibes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice mid 70s cooker from drummer Frank Butler – recorded in the mix of soul jazz and bop that was the trademark sound of the Xanadu label at the time, and which was a nice extension of some of the more laidback Prestige sessions of years past. The group's a quintet – with Joe Farrell ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful comeback from the great Andrew Hill – a sweet return to the Blue Note label, after dropping off the recording scene a bit at the end of the 70s! Hill first rose to greatness on the label, and returns to the same here too – in a mode that echoes the edges of his "new ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 classic John Coltrane albums in a single set! The package first offers up Traneing In – a beautiful album that more than lives up to its evocative title – an early session from John Coltrane, filled with long tracks that slide along brilliantly! As with many other classic Prestige ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare treasure – material that Kenny Burrell recorded for Columbia in the early 60s, but which wasn't ever issued until an early 80s LP! Ostensibly, the sides were recorded around the same time as Kenny's Weaver Of Dreams album for Columbia (an obscure enough session in itself!) – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a CSP sticker on back.)
Abdullah Ibrahim —
Mindif ... LP Enja, 1988. Near Mint- ...
A great set that features Abdullah Ibrahim's soundtrack music for the 1988 Clair Denis film Chocolat – some of his best group recordings of the 80s! The feel here is a bit more African-styled than usual – even for Ibrahim – with strong use of reeds to inflect the tunes with the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A double-length set, with double-organ intensity – two killers from the team of Groove Holmes and Jimmy McGriff! First up is Giants Of The Organ Come Together – and album that features long tunes that open up with the same sort of solo-heavy approach that you'd get on Holmes' Prestige ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tenors can't get any more conclaved than this – as the record brings together 4 players on the instrument in a great match from 2 of the best sides of 50s jazz! John Coltrane and Hank Mobley represent the more open, soulful side of the spectrum – and Al Cohn and Zoot Sims the tighter, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the great Ray Brown LPs for Verve, featuring the legendary bassist in the company of Jerome Richardson, Herb Ellis, Osie Johnson, and Oscar Peterson (who plays organ on some cuts!). Cuts include "Jim", "Cool Walk", "Upstairs Blues", and "Bric a Brac". LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure session that Chet recorded in the mid 60's with a rhythm section from Detroit that includes the Kirk Lightsey, Herman Wright, and Roy Brooks – and that features some firey playing by George Coleman on tenor. Tracks include "Rearin' Back", "Grade A Gravy", and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great date from saxophonist Gato Barbieri – a record that's a bit mellower and more electric than some of his previous 70s efforts, but which is still plenty darn great! Gato's tenor has a tone that's undeniably great – a slightly raspy sort of edge that sounds warmly human and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A variety of groups, some with Dex on tenor. Other players include Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on soprano sax, Cedar Walton and Herbie Hancock on piano, and Billy Higgins and Tony Williams on drums. Titles include "Berangere's Nightmare 2", " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set from the Chicago scene – one recorded in the early 80s, but put together with a really timeless sound overall! The album's a rediscovery of tenorist Eddie Johnson – a player who'd been away from music for part of the 70s, but who returns beautifully here with a raspy tenor ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover appears to have been signed by the artist.)
An overlooked spiritual jazz gem from the 70s – recorded for the Dutch Timeless label, but done in a mode that sparkles with the energy of Strata East at the time! Guitarist Rodney Jones is in some wonderfully hip company for the set – a lineup that includes Kenny Kirkland on piano, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful little session from Bobby Hutcherson – recorded live as a tribute to the legendary Keystone Korner jazz club in San Francisco – but even more important as a later meeting between Bobby and saxophonist Harold Land! The vibe here is a bit different than previous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not as full on and bombastic as some of Philly Joe's heavy thunder recordings from the late 50s, but a nice album recorded for Galaxy Records at the end of the 70s! The quality of the session is high – as Jones is working here with sidemen that include Slide Hampton, Harold Land, and Blue ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album